Thursday, July 23, 2015

Obama: New US Citizens Can Skip the Part of Oath That Includes Defending Country!

Gateway Pundit ^ | 07/22/15 | Jim Hoft 

Under Obama America is becoming a country without borders. And now it’s becoming a country without loyalty or commitment.

US Soldiers take the oath of citizenship at Camp Victory in Baghdad in 2007.
Barack Obama’s US Citizenship and Immigration Services on Tuesday announced they will no longer require new citizens to pledge to “bear arms on behalf of the United States.” It doesn’t fit with Obama’s vision of America. The Examiner reported:
US Citizenship and Immigration Services on Tuesday said it will no longer require incoming U.S. citizens to pledge that they will “bear arms on behalf of the United States” or “perform noncombatant service” in the Armed Forces as part of the naturalization process.
Those lines are in the Oath of Allegiance that people recite as they become U.S. citizens. But USCIS said people “may” be able to exclude those phrases for reasons related to religion or if they have a conscientious objection.
USCIS said people with certain religious training or with a “deeply held moral or ethical code” may not have to say the phrases as they are naturalized.
The agency said people don’t have to belong to a specific church or religion to use this exemption, and may attest to U.S. officials administering the oath that they have these beliefs.
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Intel Advocates For More H1B Visas; Lays Off American Workers

ValueWalk ^ | July 22, 2015 | Aman Jain 

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) recently laid off more American workers, sending a strong and clear message that the company will continue its policy of hiring many foreign workers.. However, laying off American workers in large numbers to replace them with foreign labor has become a political debate, notes a report from Breitbart.

Is Intel being unfair to employees?

Business Insider notes that even though the chipmaker is adamant about laying off American workers, it is advocating for an increase in H1B visa workers. Back in March, Sen. Jeff Sessions, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, rebuked Intel for swapping American workers with the cheaper foreign H1B visa holders.
It was also reported that Intel employees have been laid off based on a policy related to “the level of performance-based stock grants they received” instead of its standard annual review-based lay-off process. CEO Brian Krzanich reportedly acknowledged that this policy will create anger and dissatisfaction among some  devoted employees, but this is how a ‘meritocracy works.’ He went on to say that the company will continue this policy in future as well. What many employees do not know is if an employee is laid off at Intel, he will never be eligible for rehire by the company.

Intel and others favoring immigration reforms

Intel. along with other tech biggies such as Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB). are advocating for comprehensive immigration reform, along with urging lawmakers to support these increases. Intel supports the I-Squared bill, which seeks to significantly increase the number of H1B visa immigrants allowed in the country.
CNN Money reported that Intel is expected to cut its total workforce of 107,600 by 5%, which is 5,380 jobs. In an internal mail to employees last month, Krzanich stated the company would undertake a restructuring plan that may again require trimming of the workforce. Krzanich did not mention any specific number of job cuts, but a report by The Oregonian stated it would be approximately 3% of the total workers worldwide.
As of 12 pm EDT Wednesday, Intel shares were down 0.79% at $28.49. Year to date, the stock is down over 22%, while in the last twelve months it is down over 18%.

Absent Strong Action, Medicare Goes the Way of Greece

RCM ^ | 07/23/2015 | Joseph Antos 

Greece owes $320 billion to its creditors and cannot repay the loans. Like Greece, Medicare is also accumulating an unaffordable mountain of debt. And both Greece and Medicare are more likely to default on their debts than to adopt the highly unpopular reforms needed to pay them off.
Wednesday's news from the Medicare Trustees may not seem that dire.
The headline is comforting, but misleading. Medicare's Hospital Insurance (HI) trust fund-also known as Part A-will run short of money, but not until 2030. Starting that year, Part A benefits can be paid out only to the extent that money comes into the trust fund, mostly from payroll taxes. That's the same date predicted by the Trustees last year, so Medicare's financial situation does not seem to be worsening.
But the HI depletion date tells only part of the story. Medicare also pays for physician and outpatient services under Part B and prescription drugs under Part D. Because Part B and Part D automatically receive additional funding from general revenues, they remain solvent indefinitely. But that does not mean we don't have to worry about the rising costs of those benefits.
In fact, we are seeing a shift of Medicare services out of the hospital and into outpatient settings that are often more convenient for the patient and more cost-effective for the program. Part A services accounted for 50 percent of Medicare spending in 2008. By 2014, that share had fallen to 44 percent. That shift of spending makes Part A's financial outlook better because the money is being spent in other parts of the program that do not have insolvency dates.
We can see this more clearly by examining the funds flowing into and out of the program.
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Thousands rally in Times Square against Iran deal

American Thinker ^ | 07/23/2015 | Rick Moran 

An estimated 10,000 people jammed Times Square in New York City to rally against the Iran nuclear agreement.

Apparently, that wasn't enough people to catch the attention of the New York Times, who feature a $15-an-hour minimum wage protest of a couple of dozen people on the front page, but not thousands rallying against the Iran deal.

New York Daily News:

Thousands protesters packed Times Square Wednesday to rally against the Obama administration’s controversial nuclear deal with Iran. Speakers, including former Gov. George Pataki, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), and conservative commentator Monica Crowley, called on Congress to scuttle the deal at the Stop Iran

 Daily News Chairman and Publisher Mortimer B. Zuckerman was the first to address the crowd. “We have to stop the suicidal agreement that permits Iran to keep a nuclear infrastructure,” Zuckerman said. “We have to stop a terrorist state going nuclear when even now it menaces its neighbors.”

Many in the crowd held signs calling on Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to lead Dems against the deal. “Where’s Chuck? Kill this deal!” the crowd chanted.

Congress has 60 days to review the pact between six world powers and Iran. In Washington, top Obama officials spent the day pitching the deal to members of Congress, but some lawmakers said Secretary of State Kerry’s sales job rubbed them the wrong way.

Indeed, Google News shows only a handful of news outlets who bothered to cover the rally, most of them foreign sources.  CNN has nothing on the rally, either.  The Washington Post front page features a story about Kerry's salesmanship, but not a word about the rally.

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White House acknowledges ‘side’ deals between Iran, IAEA

The Hill ^ | 07/23/2015 | Jordan Fabian 

National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Wednesday acknowledged the existence of so-called “side” agreements between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Rice said the deals involve Iran accounting for past military uses of its nuclear program, but rejected GOP assertions that this represented “secret” side deals to the Iranian nuclear agreement.
Rice said the documents between Iran and the IAEA are not public, but the administration has been informed on their contents and will share details with members of Congress in a classified briefing on Capitol Hill. “We’re satisfied with them and we will share the contents of those briefings in full in a classified session with the Congress, So there's nothing in that regard that we know that they won't know.”
Republicans have been demanding to see the Iran-IAEA agreements and have criticized the administration for not yet making the public.
“That we are only now discovering that parts of this dangerous agreement are being kept secret begs the question of what other elements may also be secret and entirely free from public scrutiny,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said in a statement.
Congress is reviewing the Iran nuclear deal, which lifts sanctions on Tehran in exchange for its concessions on its nuclear program.
President Obama has hailed the deal as a major win for the United States that will keep Tehran from getting nuclear weapons and make the Middle East more safe. Critics argue it does too little to prevent Iranian aggression and that it could leave Israel open to an attack.
The talk of secret side deals could hurt administration efforts to defeat legislation aimed at undermining the deal, and Rice took aim at the comments.
She said it was “no secret” that Iran and the IAEA were negotiating an agreement on possible military-related nuclear activities.
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Nine in Ten Conservative Activist say "Dump Boehner" ^ | 7/23/2015 | Mike Flynn 

The conservative activist group Citizens United is releasing a new poll of its membership, which surveyed some 4,000 activists across the country. Just two percent approve of the job Congress is doing. More than 90 percent want their Member of Congress to replace current House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)
. “After four and a half years as Speaker, it’s become crystal clear that grassroots conservatives are through being patient with John Boehner,” David N. Bossie, president of Citizens United, said in a release. “Conservatives are clearly ready for new leadership in the U.S. House.”
The next scheduled vote for Speaker of the House will occur after the 2016 Presidential elections. Republicans are widely expected to maintain their majority in the House.
Republicans reclaimed the House majority after the 2010 midterms elections, largely on opposition to ObamaCare and a failed economic stimulus package.
Since Republicans took control of the House, the nation’s total debt burden has grown almost 40 percent, rising from around $13 trillion in 2010 to $18 trillion today.
The Citizens United poll surveyed Conservative grassroots activists on their views of Congress and Speaker Boehner’s leadership. Those surveyed reflect the views of the most political engaged conservatives around the country.
The complete lack of confidence in Speaker Boehner’s leadership is likely to translate into political headaches for Republican Congressmen in districts nationwide.
LINK to Breitbart
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